Mission and Objectives

Liberia IGF is a national Internet Governance Forum (IGF) initiative devoted to open, inclusive and transparent dialogue on internet governance issues among all stakeholders in Liberia. The Liberia national internet governance forum aims to place Liberia on global Internet Governance (IG) agenda. The Liberia IGF emanated from the need to gather relevant stakeholders from the country in one place to discuss the current state , necessities and emerging internet related issues in Liberia. Many different stakeholder groups in Liberia have been active in their own fields of expertise but there has been a lack of inter stakeholder collaboration and an absence of a bottom up process. Liberia IGF intends to learn from best practices of the global IGF. Liberia IGF will encourage all actors to actively participate in the process.

When selecting panels for the program agenda, the Liberia Multistakeholder Group (LMAG) will adopt a participatory approach that includes multi-stakeholders participation from civil society, academia, private and public sectors. The MAG will also ensure gender and generation balance. The LMAG proposes an agenda and publishes it on the Liberia IGF website. Before that, monthly meetings would be held to reach a consensus on the agenda and the topics.


Objectives

=> Engage the community in discussing Internet Governance issues

=> Facilitate a multistakeholder dialogue between different bodies dealing with the internet to share expertise, best practices and to identify common grounds

=> Highlight the importance of the internet in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)



The Liberia IGF

The Liberia Internet Governance Forum will engage with key stakeholders in Liberia that represents an unprecedented level of collaboration with the following agencies, government ministries and institutions:

=> Ministry of Post and Telecommunications ( Republic of Liberia )

=> Ministry of Information, Cultural and Tourism (MICAT)

=> Liberia Telecommunication Authority ( LTA )

=> Liberia Institute of Statistics ( LISGIS )

=> Internet Society (ISOC )

=> Youth IGF, Liberia

=> Liberia Business Registry

=> National Identification Authority

=> Liberia Telecommunication Compnay (Libtelco)

=> STARZ Colleague of Technology

=> Official Registry/Registrar for Liberia Domain ( .lr ) Rep.

=> Louise Arthur Grime School of Law at the University of Liberia

Now more than ever, cybersecurity and data privacy concerns underpin every aspect of our digital lives. The Liberia IGF brings together some of Liberia’s top thinkers to discuss how privacy and security intersect with artificial intelligence, smart cities, and Internet of Things (IoT), the impact on businesses, and the role youth can play in the evolution of the internet.

With the convergence of Liberia expertise across stakeholder groups, the Liberia IGF presents a unique opportunity to continue the national-level dialogue on internet policy issues. We had approximately 200 attendees for the 2019 event, with representation across stakeholder groups. In particular, the Liberia IGF is conducting outreach with the intent to target groups of Liberian stakeholders that tackle these interconnected issues in various sectors. The planning committee will be actively seeking to support the continued conversation in media online and off.

The outcome of this meeting will made into a report featuring a statement of priorities for Liberian businesses and end users who engage in internet governance domestically and abroad. The document will focus on finding common ground underpinned Liberia internet development and issues/values. The report will also outline considerations for the Liberia IGF and mechanisms for ongoing collaboration of the Liberia internet community going forward.